Gujarat govt seeks integrated development of Dwarka
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 21:13
Vadodara: Gujarat government has filed 34 proposals before Central government seeking tourism aid for development of vantage locations, said Gujarat Tourism and Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas.

The Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay yesterday announced a special assistance of Rs 150 crore for development of tourism projects at Kabirvad, Dwarka and Porbandar.

"Gujarat state since its formation on May 1, 1960 had received total financial assistance of Rs 50 crore only from Centre for its tourists projects till 2008 adding that the 34 proposals sent to Centre, included those aiming at integrated development of Mahatma Gandhi and Buddhist tourism circuits in the state," said Vyas.

These proposals will need a total central financial aid of Rs 785.13 crore for projects including the Mahatma Gandhi and Buddhist tourism circuits, besides a tourism development institute, he said.

The Centre has so far supported our projects for tourism promotion on Dandi heritage route, integrated Gandhi circuit in Dwarka, a tourism development institute in Kabirvad of Bharuch, along the banks of river Narmada," said Vyas.

Basic facilities for tourism promotion shall be developed near Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya in Rajkot where the Father of the Nation had taken informal education, and beautification of Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad shall be undertaken, he added.

The Centre so far has allocated a grant of Rs 21.19 crore for developing basic tourist facilities in temples at Dwarka and Ambaji besides building infrastructure facilities in Tarnetar, Pavagadh, Devni Mori and Patan.

The state government has forwarded a proposal to Centre for integrated development of Dwarka, seeking an aid of over Rs 83 crore. The plan is to renovate Dwarka, apart from development of sunset point, a bridge connecting Okha and Bet Dwarka.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 21:13

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